Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

St Blaise in stained glass and in the blessing of throats

Yesterday was the feast of St Blaise, and about whom there is an online account here. To mark the feast of this popular medieval saint of Armenian origin here are a few images as posted on the Medieval Religion discussion group by Rev. Gordon Plumb:

Poitiers, Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, Bay 113b, some scenes from the story of Blaise:
Another set of images of this window, taken more recently, with details of individual panels:

Wells Cathedral, Somerset, NII, 2a-3a:

Wells Cathedral, nV, A2:

Oxford, Christ Church Cathedral, sVII, A2:

Doddiscombsleigh, St Michael, Devon, nII, B4:

Harpley, St Lawrence, Norfolk, wI, A9:

There is an online account of the Blessing of Throats associated with the feast of St Blaise at Blessing of the Throats 


The Blessing of Throats at St Wilfrid's in York
Image; stwilfridsyork.org.uk

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I remember a priest from years ago who thought the candles should be LIT! He was dissuaded from this opinion, fortunately.
James Morgan
Olympia, WA